Summer is so close you can smell it. (It’s that scent of freshly cut grass wafting from the green across the way.) And this means one thing only: It’s time to master the art of braiding.
Plaits and braids are a top trend for spring and summer 2016, and whether you’re planning a festival look or getting set for wedding season, we’ve got some hair-spiration for you. Because nothing says “I’m just popping backstage at Glastonbury, toodles” like a relaxed side-slung fishtail braid, or “I’m not the bride, stop staring” like an up-braided topknot.
We’ve tracked down the Instagram accounts to follow for some serious braiding #hairgoals, so keep scrolling for a severe case of hair envy. (But recover quickly and get practicing…)
Blogger Kirsten Zellers has some outrageous braiding skills. A lover of loose, side-swept fishtail styles, her cool pastel hair hues will give you some pause for thought, too.
Hair and beauty blogger Lilith Moon favours a side-swept fishtail or a halo braid. She also enjoys a city landscape, so follow her for some travel inspiration as well.
Aurora Braids features the most ridiculously beautiful, intricate braided styles that are perfect for wedding season. We’re not promising you’ll be able to pull these off without a little help, but at the very least you’ll have a starting point to take to your stylist.
L.A.-based braider Twy B is a master of box braids and cornrows. Follow for braid-spiration or pop in for an appointment when you’re next across the pond.
Thought you couldn’t pull off romantic braided styles because of your curly locks? Think again. Christina creates stunning braided styles on her beautiful unruly curls. And you can too.
If it’s just braid inspiration you’re after, fashion blogger Chiara isn’t your girl. However, when she does switch her swishy brunette down-do for a braided style, she rocks the most wearable plaited styles on Instagram. Achievable #hairgoals, our favourite kind.
From simple braided buns to intricate fishtail down-dos, hair blogger Missy Sue’s hairstyles range from the doable to the jaw-dropingly complicated. If you find a style you love, there’s a good chance she’ll have created a YouTube tutorial to go with it, so that’s always a bonus.
Canadian braiding blogger Jordan creates beautiful plaits on her ombre brunette locks. She does a cracking Dutch braid and we’re crazy about her braided flowers (yep, that’s flowers made of hair, people).
Hair account @BeyondThePonytail shouts out to creative braids and updos from across Instagram. There’s a great variety of hair types, colours and styles, so it’s a good one if you change your hair a lot.
Want to get braiding? Freshly washed or non-coloured hair is often too silky to get a good grip, but use Redken Braid Aid 03 Defining Lotion (£14) to create the perfect texture for plaiting your hair.
Want more braid inspiration? Check out our favourite YouTube braid tutorials here.